Thuto ya Batho: Gender-based adaptation to climate change - COP 17 Legacy Project (2012)

OneWorld has been partnering with the South African Delegation to the UNFCCC climate change negotiations as well as with the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) in providing technical and logistical support over the last 2 COPs. Support has included technical papers and publications (climate finance, the Negotiators Index) and access to OneWorld produced research under the Regional Climate Change Programme (RCCP).

On this basis, Ambassador NJ Mxakato-Diseko, the Ambassador at Large for COP 17/CMP 7, Ms Lydia Greyling (Director: Environment, Science and Technology), and Ms Nicole Pillay (Director Central America, the Andes and Caribbean), approached OneWorld in Bonn on the 22nd May 2012, on behalf of the COP 17 President, to request assistance with delivery on the COP 17 Presidency Legacy Project. OneWorld was contracted to deliver this publication, to be completed in time for distribution during COP 18, Doha, in December 2012. This entailed establishing the strategic direction of the publication and related analysis and research, sourcing and selecting the case studies from all over the world, conceptualising the narrative and flow of the book, writing the case studies and linking narrative, reviewing and editing, designing and publishing the book.

The aim of the COP 17 legacy project publication was to create a focus on the need for, as well as the existence of, gender differentiated climate change approaches, and in particular to emphasise the related investment opportunities in gender-based adaptation strategies that recognize the role of women and indigenous knowledge in those sectors that are the most vulnerable to climate change and their need to adjust rapidly, often without the appropriate enabling environment. The publication drew on existing gender and adaptation case studies to tell stories of climate induced change initiated by women around the developing world who are either forced to respond the impacts of climate change and/or who recognize the related livelihood opportunities.

Project Data

Client: Department for International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)

Project duration: 2012